BERLIN "TAKE MY BREATH AWAY" (1986)

By Mark Nobes

For those of you who adore a powerful eighties power ballad, it doesn't get much better than Berlin's belter from 1986, "Take My Breath Away", which was penned for a romantic scene in the Top Gun movie.

Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock, the single reached #1 in the UK, U.S., Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands, and also reached #2 in several other countries. The distinctive synth bassline was played by Moroder on his first demo recording, and he liked it so much that he decided to keep it for the final recording.

The love song spent four weeks on the top spot in the UK. As well as featuring on the Top Gun soundtrack album, it was also included on Berlin's album Count Three & Pray.

Take My Breath Away vinyl single sleeve front - Berlin (1986)

The follow-up singles weren't so successful, with "Like Flames" (1986) peaking at #47 in the UK and #82 in the U.S., although it did manage #14 in the Netherlands. The next single, You Don't Know (1986), just managed to scrape into the Top 40 in the UK, peaking at #39, preventing Berlin from officially becoming another 80s one hit wonder

"Take My Breath Away" entered the UK charts at No.37 on October 19th 1986, and within just two weeks had claimed the top spot from Nick Berry, who fell back to No.2 with "Every Loser Wins".

The single was re-released in October 1990 to coincide with the first showing of Top Gun on British TV (ITV), and this time peaked at #3. The song was also covered by Jessica Simpson in 2004.

Starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis (on the front of second single sleeve below), a 3D version of the movie was released during 2012, when 3D was all the rage. 

Jessica Simpson covered the song in 2004 for the album In This Skin, which was released as the third single.

Berlin Take My Breath Away and Kenny Loggins Danger Zone - CD single
The B-side of the UK single featured Kenny Loggins "Danger Zone". However, the U.S. release featured "Radar Radio" by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo, instead.
In 2022, twelve new versions of "Take My Breath Away" were released on the August Day record label, to coincide with the new Top Gun: Maverick movie sequel. You can listen to the beautiful orchestral version in our video at the top of the page.
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